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Donald Trump Has All the Power

The president’s alarming Sunday tweet could genuinely produce a crisis between the White House, on the one hand, and the Justice Department and the FBI, on the other.<p>Sunday afternoon, President Trump tweeted an extraordinary threat—extraordinary even by the standards of Donald Trump’s norm-busting …

Donald Trump

The True Story of How Laurel Became Yanny

In the beginning, the laurel-or-yanny clip said laurel and nothing but laurel. Here is the original version of the clip, recorded by an opera singer …

Music Production

'Without Personal Honor There Is No Leadership'

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson emphasized the importance of truth in a commencement address at Virginia Military Institute that many interpreted as a rebuke to President Trump.<p>Rex Tillerson spent 10 years as CEO of ExxonMobil before Donald Trump tapped him to be secretary of state, only to …

Rex Tillerson

Missing Files Motivated the Leak of Michael Cohen’s Financial Records

A law-enforcement official released the documents after finding that additional suspicious transactions did not appear in a government database.<p>Last week, several news outlets obtained financial records showing that Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney, had used a shell company to …

Corruption

Sean Hannity Failed to Tell His Viewers the Truth

The Fox News host should have shared much more about his relationships with Donald Trump and Michael Cohen.<p>Sean Hannity, the Fox News commentator and talk-radio host, is perfectly entitled to support President Donald Trump, to defend Trump’s allies, and to attack Trump’s enemies. But his audience …

Donald Trump

The World According to Trump

Maybe the president really believes that allies, values and institutions are for losers. But it’s the U.S. that will lose.<p>President Donald Trump recently wrapped up a three-week whirlwind of summitry, meeting with the leaders of Japan, France and Germany. If his visitors found the experience …

Geopolitics

Legal Tip for Trump: A ‘Retainer’ Isn’t a ‘Reimbursement’

A theory hatched on Fox News and Twitter only leads to more questions about the payment made to Stormy Daniels.<p>There’s something extremely fishy about President Donald Trump’s tweets on Thursday morning about the source of the money his lawyer Michael Cohen paid to Stormy Daniels as part of a …

Donald Trump

Trump's Advisers Should Tell Him to Talk to Mueller

The view that he should steer clear of the special counsel is based on three faulty premises.<p>President Donald Trump should sit down with special counsel Robert Mueller and answer Mueller’s questions to the best of his ability.<p>That’s not the advice Trump is getting from all quarters. Some …

Donald Trump

Trump's company is suing towns across the country to get tax breaks

President Donald Trump is famous for bragging about his net worth. Publicly, he claims he's worth more than $10 billion. He even sued an author over the issue and lobbied the editors of Forbes about his ranking on their billionaires list.<p>Yet quietly in another setting, the Trump Organization says …

Donald Trump

When Science Gets Demoted: The Case of Vitamins

There's not much evidence they do any good.<p>Proponents of science-based medicine are fond of saying that there’s a name for alternative treatments that pass scientific tests: medicine. But what they don’t mention are those parts of long-established medicine that get demoted to “alternative” status — …

Medicine

Lockhunter Lets You Delete Files When Windows Won't

It’s been nearly a decade since we last checked out Lockhunter, an incredibly useful Windows app that ensures you’ll always be able to remove files …

Apps

How to Steal Someone's Identity in 45 Minutes

SAN FRANCISCO -- You can totally steal someone's identity after only 45 minutes of online research, a security expert said Wednesday (April 18) at …

Trump Should Be Worried by Cohen Probe. Really Worried.

Federal prosecutors can dog him for the rest of his presidency, and he has no power to fire them.<p>Make no mistake: The presidency of Donald Trump has hit a major inflection point with the investigation of his personal lawyer Michael Cohen by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New …

Stop Sharing Details From Your Personal History on Facebook

If the last few weeks of Facebook scandals have revealed anything, it’s that the social network already knows way too much about us. But in case you …

Apparently high-definition vinyl is coming next year

The process of making records hasn't changed much over the last hundred or so years, but that itself could change soon. Austria-based Rebeat Innovation has begun the work to bring vinyl into the 21st century. Of course, that involves lasers. Specifically, converting analog audio information into a …

Congress Is Missing the Point on Facebook

Americans need a data bill of rights.<p>I’m getting increasingly baffled and disappointed by the scandal-cum-congressional-ragefest surrounding Facebook. Instead of piling on Mark Zuckerberg or worrying about who has our personal data, legislators should focus on the real issue: how our data get …

We're Going to Find Out If Trump Is Above the Law

Jonathan Bernstein's morning links.<p>The various investigations into President Donald Trump and his associates are accelerating again, as are the fears that Trump will try to put an end to the investigation.<p>It's true a lot of liberals have predicted he would fire special counsel Robert Mueller a …

Trump thrives in areas that lack traditional news outlets

Relentless use of social media and partisan outlets helped him swamp Clinton and exceed Romney’s performance in places lacking trusted local news media.<p>President Donald Trump’s attacks on the mainstream media may be rooted in statistical reality: An extensive review of subscription data and …

Journalism

Patagonia vs. Donald Trump

We all knew the legendary outerwear company Patagonia lived and breathed the adventurous life. We knew they cared about the environment. But it wasn’t till Trump came along that we realized they were ready to fight.<p><b>Patagonia was built</b> in the image of its founder, Yvon Chouinard. In late January, …

Black Lives Matter

38 Questions for Mark Zuckerberg

Congress has an incredible chance on Tuesday, when Facebook's CEO testifies. Here's how to make the most of it.<p>When lawmakers get their first chance to grill Facebook Inc. chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday and Wednesday, expect a good amount of grandstanding. Elected representatives love …

Trump Can't Hurt Amazon. It's Dumb to Try.

The president's rants actually make it harder to explore the company's vulnerability to antitrust scrutiny.<p>Many of President Donald Trump's tweets can be classified as foolhardy, but his series of recent rants about Amazon.com Inc. were over the top. I will leave to others the implications for …

Donald Trump

Why 2001: A Space Odyssey's mystery endures, 50 years on

The author of a new behind-the-scenes look at the sci-fi classic talks about his friendship with Arthur C. Clarke, and why the film still fires imaginations today.<p>He was a very deep guy, Arthur, but also a very funny one.<p>There's no single valid interpretation, but it lures you into its mystery, and …

Science Fiction

How to Browse Faster (and More Securely) With Cloudflare's New DNS

Cloudflare announced a brand-new DNS service this weekend—on April Fool’s Day, of course—because its launch date ties into the IP address you use to …

Information Security

Why are white men stockpiling guns?

Research suggests it’s largely because they’re anxious about their ability to protect their families<p>Since the 2008 election of President Obama, the number of firearms manufactured in the U.S. has tripled, while imports have doubled. This doesn’t mean more households have guns than ever before — …

The man responsible for making March Madness the moneymaking bonanza it is today

Not paying athletes is a way for schools and the NCAA to make more money<p>In a legendary “South Park” episode lampooning the NCAA, the character Eric Cartman asks a university president if he can purchase some of his “slaves” — er, “student-athletes” — who play men’s basketball.<p>“How do you get around …

GOP donor launches gun reform group to coincide with March for Our Lives

<b>(CNN) —</b> Republican donor Al Hoffman Jr. announced the launch of an advocacy organization on Saturday that will push Congress to pass comprehensive gun control legislation.<p>The launch of the group -- Americans for Gun Safety Now! -- was timed to take place against the backdrop of the March for Our …

Gun Control

The NRA's Strategic Blunder

How the gun lobby created the movement that threatens to swamp it.<p>You had to be there.<p>As Americans took to the streets Saturday, defying a political order that, in Washington and many state capitals, has allowed extremists to write gun laws, the bodies -- of both the dead and the living who marched …

Don't Count On Jeff Sessions Protecting Mueller

The attorney general is holding onto power for different reasons.<p>What would Attorney General Jeff Sessions do if President Donald Trump fired Special Counsel Robert Mueller? That's easy: He'd nod and keep clinging to his post.<p>The nation's top legal officer desperately wants to keep his job, and …

Donald Trump

Steve Bannon’s surprising opinion about Cambridge Analytica

The Cambridge Analytica scandal revelations keep surprising us<p>The media frenzy and political umbrage over the apparent theft of upwards of 50 million Facebook user profiles in 2014 by Cambridge Analytica, a British-based voter targeting operation co-founded by Steve Bannon, to assist Trump’s 2016 …

Social Media

Federal election officials failed to enforce campaign finance requirements on outside group in 2010, judge rules

A federal judge on Tuesday said the Federal Election Commission failed to enforce campaign finance disclosure requirements against an outside group that ran political advertisements in the weeks leading up to the 2010 midterms.<p>The ruling comes after a years-long dispute between the FEC and the …

Conscience